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Status of Invasive Plants in New Mexico

Total number of exotic species reported: 384

Total number of records in EDDMapS: 9695


Invasive Plants by Category

  • Aquatic - 11 species, 238 records
  • Cactus - 1 species, 3 records
  • Forbs/Herbs - 207 species, 4200 records
  • Grass or Grasslike - 94 species, 1728 records
  • Hardwood Trees - 24 species, 248 records
  • Shrub or Subshrub - 27 species, 1126 records
  • Vines - 19 species, 299 records

Top Ten Abundant Invasive Plants (by number of reports)

  1. Russian olive - 730 reports
  2. perennial pepperweed - 546 reports
  3. Russian knapweed - 279 reports
  4. musk thistle - 216 reports
  5. Canada thistle - 212 reports
  6. tamarisk - 184 reports
  7. bull thistle - 163 reports
  8. African rue - 160 reports
  9. Russian-thistle - 127 reports
  10. field bindweed - 109 reports

Top Ten Widespread Invasive Plants (by number of positive counties)

  1. field bindweed - 33/33 (100%)
  2. green foxtail - 32/33 (97%)
  3. bristlegrass - 32/33 (97%)
  4. Russian-thistle - 31/33 (94%)
  5. green bristlegrass - 31/33 (94%)
  6. field brome - 28/33 (85%)
  7. stinkgrass - 28/33 (85%)
  8. yellow sweet-clover - 28/33 (85%)
  9. tamarisk - 27/33 (82%)
  10. puncturevine - 27/33 (82%)

Counties with the most invasive species reported

  1. San Juan County - 251 species
  2. San Miguel County - 207 species
  3. Rio Arriba County - 204 species
  4. Dona Ana County - 203 species
  5. Sandoval County - 193 species
  6. Bernalillo County - 190 species
  7. Lincoln County - 183 species
  8. McKinley County - 168 species
  9. Santa Fe County - 167 species
  10. Otero County - 163 species

Counties with the least invasive species reported

  1. Lea County - 34 species
  2. De Baca County - 47 species
  3. Quay County - 61 species
  4. Luna County - 67 species
  5. Curry County - 68 species
  6. Guadalupe County - 74 species
  7. Valencia County - 74 species
  8. Harding County - 77 species
  9. Eddy County - 93 species
  10. Torrance County - 94 species

Report created on February 8, 2016 at 12:57 AM by the UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health using EDDMapS Technology and Data.